Dr. Alistair Dove

Vice President for Research and Conservation, Georgia Aquarium
Thursday April 11, 2019 
9am - 10:30am 
Convocation Center

Dr. Dove is a broadly trained marine biologist and conservationist and a leading authority on the biology of whale sharks, as well as an academically trained parasitologist.  As Vice President of Research and Conservation, Dr. Dove is responsible for overseeing all research and conservation activities for Georgia Aquarium and administering collaborative partnerships with other institutions; he also supervises the staff and activities at the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station near St Augustine, Florida.

Dr. Dove obtained a 1st class Honors degree in Zoology and Parasitology in 1994 from the University of Queensland, Australia. His Ph.D. studies focused on the ecology of parasites infecting invasive fish species in Australian lakes and rivers, for which he was awarded a Deans List commendation and a University Medal.  After moving to the USA in 2000, Dr. Dove held positions at the Wildlife Conservation Society (New York Aquarium), Cornell University, Stony Brook University and Columbia University. During this period, he studied the impacts of climate change on the health of coastal marine life, especially lobsters, striped bass, bluefish and clams.

Dr. Dove joined the Aquarium team in 2006​ as the manager of the Water Quality Lab. He transitioned to the Research and Conservation department in 2009 and helped expand it into the multifaceted, globally respected program it is today. His research interests continue on the theme of "health in aquatic animals" from individuals to ecosystems, with a current focus on the biology of whale sharks. Since 1994, he has been awarded 8 competitive research grants and has published over 50 scientific articles and several book chapters. He continues to teach through the AQUAVET program and is an adjunct faculty member at Georgia Institute of Technology (Biology), Georgia State University (Neurobiology), UGA (Anatomic Pathology), and Stony Brook University (Marine Sciences).

In addition to his research duties, Dr. Dove is a passionate scientist communicator and a compelling public speaker.  He presented at TEDxPeachtree in 2015, has been a contributor and associate editor for, and actively engages the public about marine science and conservation from his two Twitter accounts @AlistairDove and @Wheres_Domino.


Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice

President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine
Friday April 12, 2019 
1:15pm - 2:30pm 
Convocation Center

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG, is the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the first woman to lead the free-standing medical institution, Montgomery Rice serves as both the president and dean. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she most recently served as dean and executive vice president of MSM, where she has served since 2011.

Prior to joining MSM, Montgomery Rice held faculty positions and leadership roles at various health centers, including academic health centers.  Most notably, she was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.

Dedicated to the creation and advancement of health equity, Montgomery Rice lends her vast experience and talents to programs that enhance pipeline opportunities for academically diverse students, diversifies the physician and scientific workforce, and fosters equity in health care access and health outcomes. To this end, she holds membership in many organizations and boards, such as the following: National Academy of Medicine, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Board of Directors for Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, Board of Directors for The Nemours Foundation, Board of Directors for UnitedHealth Group, Ni-Q Medical Advisory Team and the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans.

Montgomery Rice has received numerous accolades and honors. She was named to the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and received the 2017 Horatio Alger Award. For two consecutive years (2016, 2017) Georgia Trend Magazine selected Montgomery Rice as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. Other honors include the following: Trumpet Vanguard Award (2015), The Dorothy Heights Crystal Stair Award (2014), National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Women of Impact (2014), YWCA – Women of Achievement (Atlanta-2014 and Nashville-2007), American Medical Women’s Association Elizabeth Blackwell Medal (2011) and Working Mother Media Multicultural Women’s Legacy Award (2011).

A Georgia native, Montgomery Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital.


Mr. Kenneth (K.C.) Martin

Principal Program Manager of Mobility Plans & Roadmaps for Advanced Development Programs, Lockheed Martin
Saturday April 13, 2019
11:00am - 12:15pm
Convocation Center

K.C. is currently the Principal Program Manager of Plans & Roadmaps for Advanced Development Programs, the Skunk Works�, Mobility Directorate at the Marietta, GA site. In this role he is responsible for the coordination and definition of platform roadmaps including the C-130, C-5, P-3, S-3, and advanced mobility. He was previously the manager of the ADP Advanced System Development and Conceptual Design Team at the Marietta, GA site. In this role, he was responsible for advanced air mobility strategy, technical review, career planning, staffing, and personnel. He was previously the Program Manager for the NASA Ultra-Efficient Strategic Transport (UEST) and Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project for ADP. Prior to taking the position as CD manager, K.C. was the conceptual design team leader for the Lockheed Martin Joint Future Theater Lifter (JFTL) effort for the design of next generation tactical mobility solutions. He was also the conceptual design task lead on the AFRL Speed Agile Concept Development (SACD) program responsible for the development of a powered lift, fully integrated tactical mobility configuration. The SACD team was awarded the 2013 Aviation Week Laureate Award for Aeronautics and Propulsion.

His career at Lockheed Martin includes work on F-22, advanced design and ADP working on a wide range of engineering areas, including modernization, research, and development programs. K.C. has garnered additional experience while at General Dynamics Gulfstream division working on preliminary design of current and future business jet configurations. K.C. was the staff engineer for F-22 airframe responsible for program integration, including modernization coordination, risk management, product improvements, and metrics. 

MS Aerospace Engineering –– Georgia Institute of Technology –– 1997
BS Aerospace Engineering –– Georgia Institute of Technology –– 1996
Multidisciplinary Certificate in Composites Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology –– 1996